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Dalton Gardens considering 'no-feed' ordinance to curb deer problem

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game are currently awaiting the results of samples from deer found in Dalton Gardens. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game are currently awaiting the results of samples from deer found in Dalton Gardens.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game are currently awaiting the results of samples from deer found in Dalton Gardens. The samples were taken in late September after four deer were found dead within two weeks; other than disease, members with Fish and game believe it could be possible the animals were poisoned. Deer have been a problem with the community of Dalton Gardens for years, and possible solutions were discussed in Thursday's city council meeting.

There are no laws forbidding people to feed the deer, but it is highly discouraged by city officials and now council members are entertaining the idea of a "no-feed" ordinance. An ordinance, coupled with a plan to trap at least 25 deer by December.

"I think that's a band-aid on a bullet wound," says George Lucker, a Dalton Gardens resident of five years. Lucker says the deer have been more of a nuisance than an actual problem, preventing him from planting a garden and not much more than that. He says a plan to trap doesn't seem financially viable, because more deer will just take the place of those that were removed. He feels the only time deer become a problem is when people feed them.

"Don't encourage the deer to be here, you feed them and bring them into the neighborhood and then they run out in front of cars, it happens all the time around here," says Lucker.

Lucker is in favor of a no-feeding ordinance but is afraid it would be too difficult to actually enforce. Instead, Lucker suggests making peace with the living situation and learn to live with the deer rather than at odds with them.

"They were here first," says Lucker. "At this point you're going to fight nature and it just doesn't work."

Council members say plans are still in early development and any trapping plan would need to be approved by the department of Fish and Game.

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